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Touché Amoré

Touché Amoré: Parting the Sea Between Brightness and MeParting the Sea Between Brightness and Me (2011)
Deathwish Inc.

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Touché Amoré's sound has varied throughout their releases. Their first 7" from 2008 sounds more like your standard hardcore band. Everything is fast; nothing is quiet; it's heavy; it's got vocals that made my throat hurt the first time I heard it. The lyrics deal with an outward hate of the area sur.
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Touché Amoré's sound has varied throughout their releases. Their first 7" from 2008 sounds more like your standard hardcore band. Everything is fast; nothing is quiet; it's heavy; it's got vocals that made my throat hurt the first time I heard it. The lyrics deal with an outward hate of the area surrounding the band and the culture of the U.S. in general. Then came the full-length, 2009's ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse. In 20 minutes, everything about Touché Amoré was different, save for the two tracks that came from the previous 7". But even those felt different. The band became more linear. Everything on that record was even faster, and there weren't any breakdowns. Nothing felt like it chugged along and the vocals became less gruff. The lyrics now shifted to frontman Jeremy Bolm's self, rather than the area around him. Between that record and their newest, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, we've heard two splits with fellow members of The Wave, the group of post-hardcore bands that TA is oft-associated with. Both of those experimented even more with prettier instrumentation and changed-up tempos. Now we've entered the Deathwish era.

Opener "~" (pronounced "Tilde". They haven't gone all Prince on you, don't worry) is the calm before the storm. It swoops in and grabs attention almost immediately. After all, the tilde's most common use is to imply an approximation, whether of time, or perhaps one's own self. The next track, "Pathfinder" sets the stage for the rest of the record. There's an urgency in the vocals and the guitars act as a punctuation, an exclamation point this time. As the record goes on, the song "Method Act" really stands out. It plods along, trampling through almost everything that might be considered "pretty." It features a fairly harsh critique of self and feels like one of the most brutally honest songs from a band whose trademark is being both brutal and honest.

The lyrics are one of the most important parts of any Touché Amoré record, and they certainly serve a large purpose here. From "I'm not a provider, but a center divider" on the aforementioned "Pathfinder" to, "You learn a lot about a place when you see it for what it is. / It loses its feel of mystery and any hope that it can / give / me a reason / not to just start screaming out loud" on the track "Wants/Needs", it comes off as Bolm spilling his guts all over the record. On closer "Amends", there's the line, "For what it's worth... I'm sorry, and at the end I swear I'm trying." It goes to show that there's some progress made from the last album. It's less, "These are my faults and why I hate myself for them," and more, "These are my faults, and now I'm going to make myself a better person despite them."

On their previous splits with La Dispute and Make Do and Mend, the band experimented with some different sounds. The split with La Dispute featured a slow, bare-bones approach on one track and the split with MDaM went for a quieter approach. The band experiments here with a new, faster, leaner sound. It's more like Rites of Spring than any other hardcore band. The experimentation reaches a peak towards the end of the record. "Condolences" features a piano (!) and Bolm's harsh yell over it alone. It's a new feel, as is the followup to that, "Home Away from Here". One of the longer tracks on the album, it gets close to something that actually resembles a chorus. Both of these come off as huge deviations from the norm, and they break the formula that the band has stuck with. The risks pay off as they're two of the best tracks on the album.

At the end of 21 minutes, the record is over, but there's a hunger for more. The record's replay value is through the roof. There's a lot to be said for that. There's always something you can find on the 10th or 20th listen of this album that you never noticed on the first. I had the pleasure of seeing a few of these songs performed live and they still capture the same emotion on record. For a 21-minute record, you're not likely to do better than Touché Amoré. This album has the potential to climb into several "Best of" lists and keeps with the same feel as their first records do. It's still honest; it's still fast; it's still great. A lot has changed for Touché Amoré, but even with the switch to a bigger label, they keep a voice that is theirs, and it's got the potential to be one of the loudest voices in the genre.

 

 
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Piata (December 5, 2012)

I'm not even a Touche Amore fan and I love this album. The songs are incredibly short but varied and deep enough that it never gets boring or feels rushed.

twoheadedboy (March 20, 2012)

I've probably listened to this album 50 times now and it still hasn't gotten old.

AK3punk (January 2, 2012)

Fantastic album, easily one of the best of the year.

fattony (December 28, 2011)

Hands down my favorite album of 2011. Count it!

lowaction (December 11, 2011)

Can't say enough about this album. It speaks. no, preaches. I get chills every time I listen to it. my #2 or 3.

ghostsxshadow (December 11, 2011)

By far the best album of the year. I can't take it out of my damn cd player. lol and to top it all off, they're great live.

GDavies (December 10, 2011)

best album of the year by a long shot.

awesome lyrics and so good to air drum to.

zekey (September 19, 2011)

This album fucking RULES! If you believe the lyrics ruined the album for you then you're a certified dumb shit. The lyrics on this album are fucking AMAZING perhaps not everyone can cope and understand what their lyrics express, I mean it sure isn't difficult, but then again there are many narrow minded people in this world. "If actions speak louder than words, I'm the most deafening noise you've heard I'll be that ringing in your ear that will stick around for years" Fucking beautiful.

nickdiesel (July 31, 2011)

IM PARTING
THE SEA
BETWEEN BRIGHTNESS
AND ME

amazing album

peheme (July 29, 2011)

This one must be in the top3 album of the year. It will kick whatever you put on its way.. within 21 minutes.

pacer (July 9, 2011)

This album absolutely rules.

Coons (June 30, 2011)

This is a great album with great lyrics. It is hard for me to listen to it all in one shot, because the vocals have only one dynamic. However I've been listening to it quite a bit.

brokenrecord (June 17, 2011)

these guys absolutely KILLED it on this record very very impressed.

karliscool (June 16, 2011)

Not as good as "to the beat of a dead horse" but a pretty solid album

boobthemusicindustry (June 15, 2011)

Blast beats blast beats blast beats

kapnzach (June 13, 2011)

Not quite as good as the first full-length, but still fucking-ass good.

pavexparadise (June 13, 2011)

Pretty solid album. Can't wait to see these guys with Title Fight on their upcoming Australian Tour

slowstupidhungry (June 8, 2011)

You aren't a provider, you're a center divider? By gum, I have no idea what that could possibly mean.

gugl0003 (June 8, 2011)

The lyrics ruined the album for me...

mikexdude (June 8, 2011)

Its alright.

stagedivecity (June 8, 2011)

This and the new Defeater are competing for my favorite album of 2011.

quickattack (June 7, 2011)

I cant really complain about this album. It is so good, highest replay value for me so far this year.

Trauma16 (June 7, 2011)

Replay value is right. I've listened to this about 40x since i preordered. Fantastic album start to finish and i can't wait to hear more from them in the future.

kursk64 (June 7, 2011)

Reached their potential with the LD split, and then outdid themselves with this full length

calvinrhodes1 (June 7, 2011)

I don't think this could possibly be any better. Well done.

fattony (June 7, 2011)

Preordered this a few weeks ago and got an instant digital download. I think I've easily listened to this 30 times already. It's perfect from front to back and a definite contender for album of the year. The best thing about these guys is that none of their songs or albums are long enough to wear out their welcome.

bryne (June 7, 2011)

Really great album.

Motte (June 7, 2011)

I got this on Friday night, and I've been listening to it non-stop. It's fantastic......a little more mature than "Dead Horse", but not too much. It really didn't need to be.

swiftjustice (June 7, 2011)

too good

reinventingkyle (June 7, 2011)

One of the best hardcore albums I've ever heard. The drums blow my mind. Great review too.

eatdogs (June 7, 2011)

like converge, american nightmare, defeater, crime in stereo and ceremoy, touche amore have released one of the best albums in hardcore. this is the right direction for them and i'm excited to hear it finally.

Chaos_is_Goose (June 7, 2011)

Kind of boring and the vocals are too loud.

ballsackky (June 7, 2011)

Douche Amore does it again! Quite an improvement over their last album. What kills it for me is hearing the lead singer dude speak in between songs at live shows. He sounds like high pitch mike from the Howard Stern show. But anyway great solid effort can't wait to get my deluxe edition 180g Vinyl so I can smother it all over myself while I check out the accompanying hardcover book!

kelly_d (June 7, 2011)

Uppers/Downers, Crutch, and Method Act all flow so well into each other that they should be just one awesome song.

AllAgesPete (June 7, 2011)

this album rips.

motorsport226 (June 7, 2011)

'Pathfinder' makes me wanna fuck shit up. Score is for the album, very well done.

damnitsderek (June 7, 2011)

"Home Away From Here" is one of my favorite songs of 2011. Album is so, so good.

xherojuanax (June 7, 2011)
inagreendase (June 7, 2011)

Too good. It's a cleaner sound, but it only complements what they do.

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